To date, we’ve asked 110 current and past physics students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.
Your major should make you feel excited to put the knowledge and skills you learn to work.
To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a physics degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:
- Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
- Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
- Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
- Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
- Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?
We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a physics degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.
How satisfied are physics students compared to other degrees?
Overall, physics students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.6 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, physics students rate their happiness similarly to students in Public Policy, Theatre Arts and Related Studies and Physics.
Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to physics
|Degree||Avg Grad Salary||Satisfaction|
|Theatre Arts and Related Studies||$46,447|
|Mathematics and Statistics||$82,090|
Let's break that down further.
Are physics students satisfied with what they’re learning?
We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:
These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in physics experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.
Did physics graduates leave school with good job prospects?
Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what physics grads had to say about their job prospects:
These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.
Were physics students happy with their degree overall?
This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.
As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.
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